Hippocrepis

Hippocrepis L.

As currently understood Hippocrepis is a genus of 34 species, native to the Mediterranean area, western Asia and parts of Europe (Mabberley 2008). It is obviously closely related to Coronilla and the placement of some species (including Hippocrepis emerus) was long controversial. A single species, Hippocrepis comosa L., is native in Belgium as well (Lambinon & al. 2004).

  • Shrub 100-200 cm tall. Pod 50-120 mm long, segments oblong-cylindrical. Leaflets 2-4 pairs, 10-20 x 5-10 mm === 1. Hippocrepis emerus
  • Perennial herb, 5-30 cm tall. Pod 20-30 mm long, segments horseshoe-shaped. Leaflets 3-8 pairs, 5-15 x 2-4 mm (native) === H. comosa


Literature:

Domínguez E. (1976) Revisión de las especies anuales del género Hippocrepis L. Lagascalia 5: 225-261.

Lambinon J., Delvosalle L., Duvigneaud J. (avec coll. Geerinck D., Lebeau J., Schumacker R. & Vannerom H.) (2004) Nouvelle Flore de la Belgique, du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg, du Nord de la France et des Régions voisines (Ptéridophytes et Spermatophytes). Cinquième édition. Jardin botanique national de Belgique, Meise: CXXX + 1167 p.

Lassen P. (1989) A new delimitation of the genera Coronilla, Hippocrepis, and Securigera. (Fabaceae). Willdenowia 19: 49-62.

Mabberley D.J. (2008) Mabberley’s plant-book (3th ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: XVIII + 1021 p.

Talavera S. & Domínguez E. (2000) Notas sobre el género Hippocrepis L. (Papilionoideae, Leguminosae) en la Península Ibérica y Baleares. An. Jard. Bot. Madrid 57(2): 454-463.

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